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Postcard of cottages in front of Castell Coch, Tongwynlais Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 10 - Welcome to the latest chapter in my series featuring postcards from Tongwynlais. This instalment features a view of the “Castell Coch Cottages”, which used to sit on the hillside beneath the castle and overlook the River Taff. These cottages can be found on the 1885 Ordnance Survey map of Glamorganshire. They were demolished in 1969 ... more...
Greenmeadow House Map 1837 Greenmeadow: A Country Home - I’ve been looking into the history of Greenmeadow House recently and I’m working on a detailed piece about the mansion and the Lewis family. In the meantime I thought I’d share these images from a 1910 story in The Cardiff Times and a summary of its history. The article from 19th February 1910 describes the ... more...
Old newspaper headline The End of the Castell Coch Inn - The Evening Express reported on Saturday 28th January 1905 that the Castell Coch Inn was demolished the previous day, despite protests from the tenants. The Inn was removed following an Act of Parliament for the construction of the railway between Cardiff and Pontypridd. This work also affected 30 cottages in the village. Mr and Mrs ... more...
Castell Coch postcard front Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 9 - I’m going to finish 2019 with another postcard from the collection. This is a favourite image of mine and I have several cards featuring it. This particular example was posted on August 3rd 1906. The date isn’t clear but the stamp features Edward VII, who was king from 1901 to 1910. This is one of ... more...
View North to Castell Coch above Tongwynlais. February 1972 Mary Gillham’s Tongwynlais – Part 2 - I discovered some photos of Tongwynlais and Castell Coch from the “Mary Gillham Archive Project” back in 2016. The project volunteers have been adding some really great shots over the last couple of years. In this instalment I’m pleased to share some great photos from the 1970s and 1980s. All photos are from the Mary Gillham Archive Project. ... more...